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What is Estradot?
Estradot is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparation, also called hormone therapy (HT), for women. Estradot patches contain the active ingredient estradiol, which is a naturally occurring form of the main female sex hormone oestrogen. The patches are used to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Estradot patches are only available on prescription.
What is Estradot used for?
As women age, women's ovaries gradually produce less and less oestrogens. This causes hormonal imbalance, which in turn can lead to distressing physical and/or psychological symptoms, including:
- Hot flushes;
- Excessive sweating and night sweats;
- Mood swings;
- Dryness of vagina, mouth and/or eyes;
- Osteoporosis (decrease in bone mass and density).
By restoring hormonal balance in the body, Estradot reduces or prevents menopausal symptoms. As the patches only contain oestrogen, they are most suitable for women who have had a hysterectomy. Women who have not had a hysterectomy should also be prescribed a progestogen medicine to take with this medicine to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer.
How to use Estradot
Follow the instructions provided with your patches carefully. One Estradot patch should be applied to a clean, dry area of skin. The patches should NOT be applied on or near the breasts, but below the waist on the lower back, buttocks or abdomen. The patch should be replaced with a new one on the same days each week. Each fresh patch should be applied to a slightly different area to avoid irritating the skin.
Estradot patches are available in various strengths. A doctor should determine what strength you should use. Unless otherwise advised, the usual dose in adult women is:
- one fresh patch, twice a week.
Always follow the prescription exactly - never use more or less than the doctor recommends. Read the package leaflet before use.
Estradot patches may cause side effects, including:
- Skin irritation (itching, redness) at patch application site;
- Breakthrough bleeding or vaginal discharge;
- Breast tenderness or soreness.
Most of these side effects will disappear with continued use. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or persistent. Read the package leaflet carefully before using Estradot patches. The package leaflet will also tell you that all women using HRT have a slightly increased risk of serious side effects such as breast cancer and thrombosis compared with women who don't use HRT.
When not to use Estradot
Estradot is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to estradiol or any other of its ingredients;
- You have a known or past history of thrombosis, breast cancer or other oestrogen-related cancer;
- You have vaginal bleeding of unknown cause or an overgrowth of the lining of the womb (endometrial hyperplasia);
- You have a blood disease or liver disorder.
Consult a doctor before using Estradot patches if you have a health condition that is not listed above or are taking medication or nutritional supplements.
The following advice applies to women who are still in the fertile age bracket:
- Do not use Estradot patches if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless otherwise advised by your doctor. Warning: Estradot patches do not provide contraception. If necessary, you should use a contraceptive of some kind to avoid getting pregnant.
Estradot patches do not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.